This weekend, I decided on doing something different. I chose to cover the Texas School for the Deaf's football game against Veritas Academy. What is a better way to get inspired by the game of football than to see young adults with such a passion for the game?
In addition to covering TSD's game on Friday, I will write about Texas's recent recruiting news.
On Friday, the Veritas Academy Defenders were looking for revenge against the Texas School for the Deaf in a rematch of their 2020 TAPPS six-man title game.
Although TSD was able to hang on with Veritas for much of the contest, the Defenders ultimately pulled away in the third quarter as senior quarterback Tyler Metro found his rhythm. Ultimately, Veritas Academy sealed a 84-53 statement of a road victory.
Despite TSD's loss, their team looked impressive throughout the course of the game, particularly on offense where the ball traveled efficiently through the air. As a result, look for the Rangers to make another deep playoff run in 2021, possibly setting up a rematch with the Defenders down the road.
Friday's contest was definitely something that I'm not too accustomed to. In fact, the last time I covered a six-man game was in December of 2019 when Richland Springs won their ninth state title.
In addition to the six-man aspect, it was very interesting to see the TSD coaches communicate with their players through sign language. On top of that, when on offense, a big drum is used to indicate the snap count.
According to Nick Harris of Horns247, and Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, the Longhorns are expected to host a multitude of high-profile visitors this Saturday. Some of the expected visitors include: 2022 four-star wide receiver Brenen Thompson, 2023 five-star linebacker Anthony Hill Jr., 2022 five-star offensive lineman Devon Campbell and 2022 five-star linebacker Harold Perkins.
Needless to say, after Texas's disappointing loss to Arkansas last Saturday, the Longhorns will need to have an emphatic win against Rice.
Currently, Texas's 2022 recruiting class has a total of 21 commitments and is ranked as the nation's third-best class. Additionally, 14 of these pledges have received four-star grades from 247Sports, however the class is still absent of a five-star recruit. As a result, this weekend could be critical in being able to secure a commitment from a five-star recruit.
While Texas's 2022 recruiting class has swelled in size, their 2023 class has still yet to take shape. Consequently, Anthony Hill Jr. would be a potential centerpiece - regardless of the 2023 class's eventual size. Last season, Hill helped lead Denton Ryan to their third state championship and looks to cap his senior year with another title win.
Earlier in the week, Hill released his top 12 schools list which included some familiar names such Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Along with Hill, Harold Perkins also recently released a top schools list, representing 7 college football programs, with schools such as Alabama, Southern California and Texas A&M. As of today, Texas A&M is the lead school for Perkins according to the 247Sports crystal ball predictions.
Obviously, the Longhorns have a lot of work to do, both on the field and off, if they want to win over the services of these athletes. The next month or two will be critical for Texas's positioning in recruiting as they wrap up their 2022 class prior to the early National Signing Day period.